Target has apologized to a TV actor and clarified its policy after he was "lectured" by store staff for trying to buy something for a homeless man.
John Barrowman, a star in "Arrow" and "Doctor Who," says he was scolded by staff at a Target in Los Angeles after he bought a $40 gift card and a jacket and shirt for a homeless person.
"I was lectured by the Target staff that I was not allowed to do that," he said in a video posted to his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages, where it has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.
"Target, that's a stupid rule. How dare you tell me as a customer who I am allowed to buy for and what I am allowed to buy? That was a homeless gentleman who needed some help, and you need to change your policies if this is what you think of being a good community member."
He then threatened to stop shopping at Target and "post for everybody else to shop shopping here," describing the interaction with staff as "absolutely ridiculous."
The Minneapolis-based company responded quickly, saying it is "very sorry" for Barrowman's experience and stating that "we absolutely do not have a policy against this type of purchase."